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16 September 2012 @ 03:55 pm
I got my small fleurcup yesterday, a few hours after I started my period. I was so excited, I boiled it and as soon as it was cool enough I went into my bathroom and I tried to figure out how to put it in. I was successful after three tries, but something I've still had a problem with twice is getting the cup in. Sometimes, when it's almost all the way in but not quite, it sort of pops open and suctions and I can't move it. So I break the seal and try to push it up further and kegel it higher and then release, and then it won't open up unless I sort of prod the side that isn't open. Am I doing something incorrectly? I'm holding it in the fold while I try to put it in but apparently my body isn't okay with that. Has anyone else experienced this?
Melon the Sleepermelonaise on September 16th, 2012 08:50 pm (UTC)
Probably after you push it up it needs some air in it to open up again. A lot of times I have to press the wall of my vagina away from the cup to let some air get in there.
foggyimagefoggyimage on September 16th, 2012 10:07 pm (UTC)
I second the other comment but you might also have a low and dangly cervix so that when you insert, you are actually inserting to one side of your cervix and not giving the cup room to pop open. So then when you prod it, you are adjusting the angle of the cup and allowing to to position itself under your cervix. My advice? Insert to your "almost all the way mark" and then try moving around for ten minutes and see if the cup will work its way to its happy spot by itself (this is sorta what I do with mine.) You could also try a different fold because different folds work better for some people. (I use 7 fold)
mkchimkchi on September 17th, 2012 08:07 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I started off with the c fold, and now I use the punchdown and sort of push it up a bit until it's comfortable once it has popped open.
juliiie87juliiie87 on September 18th, 2012 11:21 am (UTC)
This. By shoving it all the way folded, you run the risk of squishing it next to your cervix. I wouldn't bother with getting it in the right spot THEN letting it pop open, since the trickiest part for me (and most the important one) is to get the cup to unfold completely. So let it do its thing and it will most likely ride up on its own, as long as it's unfolded first.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on September 17th, 2012 12:12 am (UTC)
Want to try my method?
First, find your cervix and remember approximately where it is. Insert your cup so the rim is just beyond your pubic bone and allow it to open fully there. Then nudge the base/stem so the opening points toward your cervix (for me that's a healthy nudge rearward) and finally, give the cup a boost as you kegel it up and into place. Despite what the instructions say, you want the rim to sit (O) around your cervix. And there's no need to spin/rotate your cup because you already know it's open. But if you want to, go on ahead...

If you have trouble getting the cup to open, re-insert it with the folded part facing the other way. Up instead of down, or left instead of right (etc.) Create an air channel on the soft back side of your vagina to help the cup fill with air as it opens.

Some days it's just more stubborn than others. Don't rush.
wiesoauchimmer on September 17th, 2012 07:20 am (UTC)
which fold are you using?

when i was new to cups, i had similar issues using the c-fold (i just didn't manage to hold it folded until it was all the way in and it popped open only halfway in), so i used the punch-down fold, and punched the rim down so far that it would nestle in the base of the cup. that allowed me to pinch the cup at the very bottom and still hold the fold until it was all the way in.
i did have to prod around a bit more to get it to open than with the c-fold, but then it was right where i wanted it to be and i didn't need to shove/kegel it up anymore.

maybe this could be worth a try for you?

or the problem is that you need to get air inside, then you could try to form an air canal up to the rim with one finger by pressing the vaginal wall aside a bit.